Song of the Day #2,854: ‘I Won’t Be Your Yoko Ono’ – Dar Williams

greenworldHere’s a great track from Dar Williams’ 2000 album, The Green World. Yoko Ono has taken a lot of shit over the years for breaking up The Beatles, the sort of female-shaming that wouldn’t fly so easily these days.

Williams is a great feminist songwriter (see ‘When I Was a Boy,’ one of my very favorite songs) and she takes up for Yoko here quite nicely.

I wonder if Yoko Ono
Ever thought of staying solo
If she thought of other men and
If she doubted John Lennon
Worrying that he’d distract her art

Sitting in the Apple sessions
Giving John her music lessons
Challenging the warring nations
With her paper installations
Did she guard her Yoko human heart

Well, they could talk about me
Yeah, they could talk about me
Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop star history
But I won’t be your Yoko Ono
If you’re not good enough for me

Some will give their love for fashion
Others trade their gold for passion
I don’t have the goods to start with
Never had the reins to part with
Still, I hope you take me seriously

Cause I think I could go
Deep as the sea of Yoko
You don’t know a person like me
I could sell your songs to Nike
And for all you know
I could save your soul
As only true love can change your mind
Make you leave your screaming fans behind

When John called the wind an opera
Making love with every chakra
When he said her voice would carry
And when he whispered old Chuck Berry
Only then would Yoko set him free

Fame will come and vanish later
Transcendental love is greater
I think if we had this somehow
We’d be feeling famous right now
We’d be saying love is all you need

And they could rag about me
Yeah, they could rag about me
Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop star history
But I won’t be your Yoko Ono
If you’re not good enough for me

Oh, no… and I won’t be your Yoko Ono
If you’re not good enough for me…

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,854: ‘I Won’t Be Your Yoko Ono’ – Dar Williams

  1. Dana says:

    Such a clever song. Nicely done!

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